Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has backed the club’s owners to sort out a new long-term contract for Mohamed Salah.
The Egypt international has been sparkling form for the Reds this term, bagging 23 goals and nine assists from just 26 appearances in all competitions.
Despite this, the club have yet to make a breakthrough in contract talks, leading to speculation that Salah could soon head for the exit door.
With Salah contracted until the summer of 2023, Carragher feels there is no need to panic just yet. The former Reds captain has ‘great faith’ in the owners.
He said: “18 months is a long time, it really is. I think Mo Salah is the one you want to get sorted first, possibly more so than the others (Mane and Firmino).
“You look at him and Mane now in the Africa Cup of Nations final, two of the best attackers in world football, and the service they’ve given the club. Hopefully, we can get a few more years out of them.
“But I always trust Liverpool as a club in terms of buying, selling and sorting contracts out. I think we’re the best at it, so I’m not panicking at all. I’ve got great faith in FSG.”
Salah has been the Reds’ most consistent performer since he arrived from Roma in 2017. He is currently on the cusp of bagging his 150th goal for the Merseyside giants.
With such an impact, he is bound to attract interest from some of Europe’s elite clubs, but the Reds’ hierarchy remain determined to keep him during his prime years.
The onus is on the board to find an agreement with Salah, but there has been no progress thus far. The Egyptian is prepared to commit the rest of his career to the club.
However, he has repeatedly said that it is up to the Reds. He is currently on wages of around £200,000-per-week, just £20,000 less than Virgil van Dijk, who is the highest earner.
The club may need to break their wage structure to keep him. The other alternative could be to offer him a significant signing-on bonus to compensate for a low salary hike.
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